It is estimated that between 210,000 and 440,000 people are killed or injured due to preventable medical errors in Montana and across the United States each year. Many people assume that busy hospital emergency rooms are to blame for these statistics; however, medical personnel in primary care and outpatient facilities also share the blame.
A recent study by researchers at the Whole Health Organization found that 40% of people who suffered negative effects due to medical errors had them occur in a primary care or outpatient setting. The WHO also estimated that 80% of these medical errors were preventable. Previous studies have found that the majority of medical care that people around the world receive takes place in an outpatient setting.